Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Q. Is it was very good win. How did you feel to go through to semifinal?
DAVID FERRER: Happy. My first time in semifinal in Roland Garros, so feel good. (Smiling.)
It was a very tough match, and I’m very happy.
Q. What do you think was the key today against Andy? He said you were the best clay‑court player of both of you.
DAVID FERRER: Maybe it was in important moments I play better than him. I play very good with my forehand. I sense all the time with my forehand.
It was some points, because it was 6‑3, 6‑2 the third and the fourth set, but it was very tough. A lot of base rallies and physic. I am very good feeling with me.
Q. Could you tell me what this tournament means to you? Roland Garros is what?
DAVID FERRER: Well, Roland Garros is very special for me, because I remember when won here Sergi Bruguera, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya. This tournament I think is very special for all the Spanish players and also for me.
Q. You used to watch it on TV when you were a kid?
DAVID FERRER: Yeah, of course. I remember the match Moya against Jim Courier and Bruguera against Alberto Berasategui. I was a kid.
Q. I have another question. Would you say it’s more difficult to be a Spanish tennis player at the moment where Rafa Nadal is playing because he takes all the media light? Or would you say that it’s rather nice that you have not so much pressure?
DAVID FERRER: Well of course maybe he has more pressure than me because he’s the No. 2 of the world, or he’s the best player in clay court of the history I think.
I will try to do my best; I will try to fight. I know I will have to play my best tennis for to beat him.
Q. The rain was disturbing you?
DAVID FERRER: It was good for me. I think when we start again the court, it was more faster. I think it was better for my game, because I can play more aggressive and I did more winners.
Q. You changed the rhythm of the game?
DAVID FERRER: Well, I tried to play similar like the first set. It’s very important for me play with rhythm. It’s my game.
THE MODERATOR: Spanish questions, please.
Q. Can you help us think about the headline for my newspaper tomorrow?
DAVID FERRER: Well, I’m not the appropriate person to think about the headlines of your newspaper. The only thing I can say is that I’m very happy. This is a very important tournament for me. I made it. At last I made it to the semifinals, whether in Australia or during the US Open I’ve never made it. But I can make it on my favorite surface.
Q. But you still have a big obstacle to overcome.
DAVID FERRER: Yes, Rafa is always difficult to play. Even more so on clay.
As I said and I will say again: I will try and play a beautiful match, my best tennis. I have great ambitions, and I’m quite certain this is going to be a very physical match.
Q. David, you just said that you were a bit stressed playing in Paris because you never made it further or deeper than semifinals. Do you feel relief now that you made it?
DAVID FERRER: Yes, a bit, because I knew I was capable of making it to the semifinals. I played the quarterfinals twice, and this time I made it. I arrived here in a pretty good shape, both physically and mentally, and this is a big relief.
I feel relieved. I’ll have this opportunity of playing a semifinal.
Q. You are going to play Nadal next round. Can you tell us what you think about his serve? Is it going to be a problem for you? Because he said your serve was huge at the moment.
DAVID FERRER: Rafa improves every time. His serve is huge; he’s improved on all his shots.
He’s left‑handed, so it’s very difficult to return his serves. Rafa knows it. He has a very high percentage of first serves, especially when he’s down. Then he serves an exceptional service and wins a tremendous number of points.
Q. This year you had to play Rafa on two occasions on clay. Have you ever been close to winning? Have you ever won a set to him?
DAVID FERRER: Well, each match is different. In Godó, I had to be slightly more aggressive and I made mistakes.
In Rome it was different, because I had opportunities to win a set, but he played extremely well. I tried. I think you can win a set to Rafa, but there is a difference between winning a set and winning a match.
Winning a match against Rafa is almost impossible. He is in such good shape.
Q. In English you said that Paris was a special tournament for you, that you were watching it on TV when you were a kid. Does that put more pressure on you?
DAVID FERRER: When I was younger, yes. Last year I lost to Monfils, but I was playing better already. This year I’ve had far better feelings than this since the beginning of the tournament.
When you start playing well, you gain in confidence. When I was leading there were times when I could feel a bit of pressure, but I managed to overcome that.
Q. You still have hopes? You’re going to play Nadal. You’re friends.
DAVID FERRER: Of course. It’s just a tennis match. We both want to win it, so I’m going to do everything I can. Then we can play with our PlayStations together, no problem.
Q. You said that sometimes pressure was a bit difficult to manage. You did manage to overcome that. What changed this year as opposed to the past years and helped you better manage pressure?
DAVID FERRER: Well, I try and improve my game; I try and be more relaxed each year. It’s also true that when you gain experience on the tour you can improve on the shots you need to improve. There are parts of your game that need to be improved, and this is what I try and do year after year. I try and improve.
Maybe at one stage I won’t be able to improve anymore for physical reasons. At the moment I feel good. I’ve not been injured, which is key.